Postal Bulletin: December is USPS Motor Vehicle Safety Month

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 42,900 people died in motor vehicle crashes in the United States in 2021. The three most common causes of fatalities on the road were impaired driving, speeding, and not wearing seat belts. Employers directly or indirectly bear the cost of these…

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USPS Releases Updated Official COVID Decision Tree

  The USPS has eliminated administrative leave for COVID-19. Employees that disclose they are infected with COVID-19 will be sent home for five days on Annual Leave, Sick Leave, or Leave Without Pay. Same if they disclose that they were exposed to an individual that was infected with COVID-19. See the attached COVID Decision Tree…

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USPS: October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

September 30, 2022 As it does each October, the Postal Service is observing National Disability Employment Awareness Month, a time to recognize and honor the contributions of workers with disabilities of all kinds. The Department of Labor has chosen “Disability: Part of the Equity Equation” as the theme for the month. “People with disabilities make…

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USPS OIG Report: Changes in Mail Mix – Implications for Carriers’ Physical Health

The U.S. Postal Service’s package volume and weight have increased as First-Class Mail has declined, representing a change in mail mix. The OIG found a correlation between total package weight and letter carrier injuries. The OIG found that the Postal Service has no specific protocols in place outlining how a carrier should deliver a heavy…

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Postal Bulletin: Avoid Slips, Trips, and Falls

Hazards such as uneven surfaces or distracted walking can pose a serious threat to Postal Service™ employees. Last year, the United States Postal Service reported over 16,000 Postal Service employees were victims of a slip, trip, or fall. Most slip, trip, and fall incidents involve mail carriers. They tripped stepping onto a curb or uneven…

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USPS: High season for hurricanes is here

August 8, 2022 The Postal Service wants to remind workers that the high season for hurricanes is here. Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, with most storms forming after Aug. 1. The storms can cause high winds, heavy rain, flooding and other dangerous conditions, with coastal areas most affected. Disasters happen whether…

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MSPB Finds Constructive Suspension and Disability Discrimination in USPS Return-to-Work Dispute

The appellant, a Window Clerk, left work on December 15, 2016, after suffering an anxiety attack that triggered an asthma attack. On January 12, 2017, his psychologist contacted the agency, stating that the appellant’s episode was psychological in nature and that he had sufficiently recovered to return to work with no restrictions. He reported to…

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USPS Handbook EL-505 name changed from Injury Compensation to “Workers’ Compensation”

Effective June 30, 2022, the Postal Service™ is revising Handbook EL-505, Injury Compensation, to change its name to “Workers’ Compensation” and to update standards in various chapters. Revisions will also include deleting Chapter 2 and the Index. Handbook EL-505 is being revised to reflect changes and updates to applicable U.S. Postal Service® regulations, policies, and…

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